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Seeking Friends for the End of the World

Could making friends with your neighbors be the secret to climate resilience? “All my homies are locally-sourced, non-GMO and gluten-free,” writes Maylin Tu of Los Angeles.

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Pricing Climate Risk

To get the basics of pricing the risks of climate change, you could do worse than to talk to Dag Lohmann. He knows just how much creeping climate change is changing insurance arithmetic.

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Seeking Friends for the End of the World

Could making friends with your neighbors be the secret to climate resilience? “All my homies are locally-sourced, non-GMO and gluten-free,” writes Maylin Tu of Los Angeles.

Refreshing Santa Clara County Rivers

Santa Clara’s National River Cleanup Day brought together 596 volunteers and resulted in over 25,000 pounds of trash collected. “It was one of the first times since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when we could actually organize group cleanups,” says Valley Water’s Nick Ingram

Chasing the Fireline

In California, climate change has has left a collection of wildfire hazard zone maps, published 15 years ago, out of date.

Cruising the San Pablo Spine — A Green Streets Test Lab

From tattoo parlors to senior housing, San Pablo Avenue has it all. Now the busy thoroughfare is also a testbed for a distributed network of rain gardens.

Cruising the San Pablo Spine: Video

Hop on a speeding bicycle with photographer Lonny Meyer as he travels the urban artery that is San Pablo Avenue and visits green infrastructure installations.

Overhauling Insurance for the New Normal

In the era of global warming, an invisible force, as primal as atmospheric chemistry, is coming to bear on human pocketbooks. Even if you don’t believe in climate change, insurance companies do.

Tears for Trees

I’ve watched an army of white trucks topped with cranes and chippers remove the oaks, redwoods, bays and manzanitas from around the power lines on our mountain in Napa. PG&E is felling a million trees per year and spending over a billion to do it.

National Toolkit Offers Steps & Metrics

The Resilience Metrics website is like a food-for-thought buffet for project planners. This toolkit offers a set of questions designed to get a project on track and to help participants measure performance.

Coast Leaders Talk Graceful Withdrawal

In two brief audio interviews, KneeDeep Times asks the Coastal Conservancy’s Amy Hutzel and the Coastal Commission’s Mary Matella for their perspective on planned withdrawal from sea level rise and the crumbling coast.

Pricing Climate Risk

To get the basics of pricing the risks of climate change, you could do worse than to talk to Dag Lohmann. He knows just how much creeping climate change is changing insurance arithmetic.

High Schoolers Propose Green Solution to Oakland’s Road Blight

Take a drive from the Oakland Airport to the Coliseum, and it’s impossible not to feel the consequences of urban decay: potholes. Luckily, a trio of high school sophomores are proposing an unlikely solution: tree sap.

New Jersey Shells Out for Retreat

New Jersey’s Blue Acres program buys homes in flood-prone areas and converts them to open space. This not only moves frontline residents out of danger, but also protects neighbors.

ClimateCraft Student Reporting Contest

KneeDeep is seeking submissions for ClimateCraft, our college student climate reporting contest, in multimedia and written categories.

A South Bay Levee Breaks Ground, And Records

On a drizzly Thursday in April, dozens gathered beside a weedy San Jose shoreline to break ground on four miles of new levee and 2,900 acres of restored habitats, a future buffer from the rising Bay.

How Rivers in the Sky Travel Across the Ocean

In California, our fate swings from drought to floods, depending largely on whether or not we get rainstorms called atmospheric rivers.

Retreat By Any Other Name

“Retreat can conjure failure, and nobody wants to be managed,” explained the study’s lead author Amanda Stolz at the California Social Coast Forum this March. Part of the problem is the term itself. One Pacifica resident quoted in the study commented, “Managed retreat’ is a code word for give up — on our homes and the town itself.”

A Day On The Bayview’s Shifting Shore

I set out for Heron’s Head Park on an early March morning. To my surprise, I had never heard of, nor visited, this site on the southeastern bayshore in my 20-plus years growing up and living as a visual artist in San Francisco.

Betting on Biochar

Rather than entering the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, the carbon in biochar remains as a solid, sequestered and lined up for a host of further uses.

Planting the Edgy Bits of Giant Marsh

Two days on the ground filming and talking with work crews planting new zones of the Giant Marsh Living Shoreline. “We need habitat to mature enough to function fast,” says Jeanne Hammond.

Can Cooler Blocks Prevail in Los Angeles?

The “Cool Cities Challenge” launched this January in SoCal’s LA and Irvine, and the North Bay’s Petaluma. The program is designed to kick start climate action at the micro level.